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Sister entrepreneurs Dana Kadwell and Courtney Hopper talk about the ups and downs of the hustle, and the reward at the end of the journey. Life starts at the edge of our comfort zone, and that’s what running a business is about - it’s completely uncomfortable and yet thrilling at the same time. Hear Dana and Courtney talk about the hard parts of entrepreneurship with other business owners going through the struggle as well.
 
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Today we share an episode of a podcast we guested on - The Flourishing Entrepreneur, hosted by our friend Aleya Harris. ----- Do you know how to handle fear when first starting your business? Today, we'll talk about how to get around and work with your fears! In this episode, I’m talking to Courtney and Dana, who have seen their vision for their co…
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with Dr. Anissa Reilly about what she learned from her career in education. In this episode, Courtney and Dana are looking back on what they learned from teaching and how it taught them to value themselves. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney an…
 
Dr. Anissa Reilly was a school principal in one of the poorest districts in the country for over 16 years, and, while she was excited to create a great environment for the elementary students, she struggled to lead staff who didn't want to be led. In this podcast, learn how she rose above the odds against her and why she's decided to go it on her o…
 
Last week, sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle talked about the pivot that saved their company, Hello Lucky. They figured out that the growth-at-all-costs and the constant hustle was not what made them happy. Today, Courtney and Dana wonder why they're hustling so hard, and what they're ultimately chasing. Is it money? Respect in the industry? Content…
 
10 years into running Hello Lucky, sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle seemed to be on top of the world. They were working luxury weddings, they were featured on Martha Stewart Weddings, and the company was doing $2M a year. But what the world didn't see is Eunice and Sabrina were working crazy hours - and the company was losing over $100K a year. It …
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with Jessie Williams about starting a business and financial requirements of that. In this episode, hear Courtney and Dana talk about their relationships with money and why it sometimes might be scary. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney and Dan…
 
Jessie Williams wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life, but she knew she was her happiest when she was creating. In this episode, hear how her she was inspired to move back to N.C. and open Edge of Urge—a one of a kind store that brings together independent artists' work in Raleigh and Wilmington—and Unlikely Professionals and found succes…
 
Last week, we heard Jen Taylor's tragic yet inspirational story about her husband's sudden death and what happened after - how Jen pressed on and found success in her next venture. Today, Courtney and Dana discuss valuing the lives we lead, even though sometimes it feels like we're bulldozing through them. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Ho…
 
In October 2018, Jen Taylor's world came crashing down as her husband tragically passed away, and she quickly had to figure out what the f*** to do with her life. Continue with her wedding planning business? Keep the house in Maui? Pivot to a new venture? No decisions are easy while grieving, but she had to make them anyway. Hustle and Gather is ho…
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with another set of sister entrepreneurs—Jackie and Cassie Collier. This week, hear how Courtney and Dana grew to have different strengths and approaches to business, despite being raised together. Plus, find out what caused the sisters' biggest fight ever and how they avoid fighting now. Hustle and Gather is hos…
 
Sisters Jackie and Cassie Collier started Bundle by up-cycling old board games with construction paper and handwritten cards and pricing six hours of hard work for $50. Now, paying homage to their family's love of board games, the company creates custom board games that each customer can uniquely enjoy. In this episode, hear how they rolled the dic…
 
Last week, Julie Novack shared how she talked to anyone who would listen about her vision for PartySlate. For five years, at every cocktail party, she would share her dream, until one day she went for it. But is thinking out loud over cocktails the best strategy for everyone? Courtney and Dana aren't so sure. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney…
 
In 2014, everything was going well for Julie Novack. She had spent her career at digital marketing agencies, at times with $50M budgets and in charge of 250 people. It was a fulfilling career that most would dream of. Except Julie's dream was the idea that she couldn't stop talking about for years - a content-rich marketplace that inspires people p…
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with former pro-basketball player Marcus Ginyard about his journey to reinvent himself. In this episode, hear about them discuss the challenges of transitioning your life as an adult and the struggles of deciding what the hell you want to do—which should never include cutting your own bangs. Hustle and Gather is …
 
Basketball has been Marcus Ginyard's life for the last 31 years. And after a 12-year pro-career on the court, the Tar Heel basketball alum is reinventing himself in the Triangle. In this episode, hear how what he learned while becoming a successful athlete is helping him find success in what he calls "the real world." Hustle and Gather is hosted by…
 
Last week, Don Mamone taught Courtney and Dana a lot about self-love. In this episode, learn how they've learned to love themselves and how they're helping to cultivate that love in their children, too. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney and Dana's hustles include C&D Events, Hus…
 
A hospitality veteran and photography entrepreneur, Don Mamone was afraid that their business would be at risk if they were to be who they knew they were. When they finally decided it was time to live their authentic truth, the outpouring of acceptance was greater than they could've ever imagined. In this episode, learn what can happen when you sta…
 
On last week's episode, Brandee Gaar from the Wedding Pro CEO Podcast talked about how you come to a point in business where you have a choice - run FROM fear, or run TO something that's both exciting and scary. Today, Courtney and Dana unpack that conversation; plus, how lavish celebrations truly fill a need in life, the value of mentorship, and f…
 
When Brandee Gaar left her job in hospitality, she had to work hard to build her business. She wore all the hats - sales, marketing, SOPs, hiring, firing, customer relations, and everything else that comes with running a small business. She wasn't making much, but she realized that in order to make more money, she actually had to spend money on hir…
 
On last week's episode, Married at First Sight's Rachel DeAlto talked about her times when life was going nowhere - a law career that didn't work out, a startup that ran out of money, and a messy divorce. But she started over, pushed through, and now she's one of the most prominent relationship experts. Today, Courtney and Dana unpack that conversa…
 
When you see Rachel DeAlto now, you see a success story - a relationship expert who's been on Married at First Sight and Oprah, and published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. What you won't see is what happened before the success - a law career that went nowhere, a failed startup, and a messy divorce. She thought that she wasn't allow…
 
When sisters-in-law Nora and Elizabeth Sheils started Rock Paper Coin in 2018, they quickly found that running a software company was nothing like running a typical wedding industry business. First and foremost, they needed funding, which was going well - until an investor backed out at the last minute. In today's episode, Nora and Elizabeth talk a…
 
Today we're re-airing one of our favorite episodes from last year, featuring Raleigh Cheesy's Courtney Bowman. Since our conversation, Courtney has opened up a new location in Raleigh (3075 Medlin Drive) and has become a hit on TikTok. Courtney Bowman literally built Raleigh Cheesy on Instagram and charcuterie boards. It seemed to blow up over nigh…
 
On last week's episode, Kelly Breakstone Roth brought up conscious consumerism - being aware of what we're buying at where it came from. But why do we purchase the things that we do? Is it because we need them? Or because it validates us in some way? Plus, we explore regret and the concept that, if you have no regrets in life, you've never examined…
 
"We're not encouraging people to consume. We're encouraging people to make better choices when they decide to buy something." This quote from Kelly Breakstone Roth can be applied to just about any industry - we need to guide people to make the best choice. But how can we do that? For Kelly, she's found a way to give her customers the best value and…
 
On last week's episode, Mountainside Media's Christie Osborne came on to talk about how she evaluates ideas from her team and clients, even the ones she thinks suck. Today, Courtney and Dana dive deep into what happens when they're not sure if their ideas are worth battling for, and why looking at competitors' negative reviews isn't just something …
 
Early in Christie Osborne's career, she realized that literally everybody has ideas, even the people you wouldn't expect to. But the challenge is evaluating those ideas based on if they're truly worth your time, energy, and resources. How do you do that? You never debate what you can test. Christie Osborne is the owner of Mountainside Media which s…
 
On last week's episode, Judy Pickett shared her struggles of building a business while being a mom - and eventually joining forces with her daughter Hilaire. Today, Courtney and Dana unpack that conversation and wonder if it's possible to truly be both supermom and badass entrepreneur. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell…
 
In 1979, Judy Pickett started her business with $500, her passion for interior design, and her naïveté. Throughout the 80's, she built her business while being a mom - and suffered from mom guilt before that was even a common term. On the show today, Judy and her daughter Hilaire talk about growing up in entrepreneurship, why they joined forces in …
 
On last week's episode, Chris J Evans shared how he establishes connection with his luxury clientele, his experience in fine dining, and why he only hires surfers. Today, Courtney and Dana talk about their time in restaurants, who they tend to hire (not surfers), and how connecting with clients is a difficult balance. Hustle and Gather is hosted by…
 
When Chris J Evans was working at a fine dining establishment in Maui, he learned what it takes to create a true luxury experience. Now as a high-end photographer, with every wedding, he works to create a beautiful, authentic, and amazing experience. Today he shares with Courtney and Dana how all of us can take our customer experience to the next l…
 
On last week's episode (Spotify | Apple), Lindsay Williams gave us the blueprint on how to truly connect with our clients and partners. Today, Courtney and Dana talk about that connection with couples they've worked with, what they've each inherited from their mom and dad, and what happens when they have a mental health check-in. Hustle and Gather …
 
According to Lindsay Williams, "People connect with people. They don't necessarily connect with products. So if people connect with you, if they trust you and they like you, that lead is warm and easier to close." So with limited time and attention, how do you create those real and meaningful connections? Today, Lindsay gives us the blueprint. Lind…
 
On last week's episode (Spotify | Apple), Billy Warden shared his experiences with pro wrestling, dressing in drag, writing for Joan Rivers, and more. He tries to take in ever moment that comes to him because, "You don't know that you're in a golden age until it's gone. So try to appreciate every moment, cause it might be as good as it gets." Today…
 
Billy Warden has a philosophy on life - "You don't know that you're in a golden age until it's gone. So try to appreciate every moment, cause it might be as good as it gets." He is living life to the fullest, and today tells us about his experiences writing for Joan Rivers, attending a naked party, pro wrestling, hitting the drag scene, and so much…
 
On last week's episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify), Ryann Dowdy talked about overcoming an unhealthy relationship with sales and how her best sales events happened when she could show the messiness of her life. Today, Courtney and Dana unpack that episode and discuss how we're constantly being sold to whether we realize it or not, and the hamster wh…
 
What's the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word "sales"? Is it an awful car-buying experience? Maybe all the times you answer the phone because it could be a client...but it's someone trying to sell you an extended warranty? Maybe all the MLMs you've been asked to join? So many of us have been sold things we just don't need, so t…
 
What happens when a business becomes successful and partners have to choose how to take the next steps? Is it investing back in the business with marketing, upgrades, or more employees? Or is it time to take care of self and family? And what happens when the partners disagree on what to do? Today we continue our conversation (here's part 1) with Ho…
 
When Holly Barton and Amanda Cox lost their dad, they wanted to start a business where they could simply be together and have fun. But soon enough, clients were calling to ask them for huge orders of rentals they just didn't have. In saying yes to everything and figuring out how to make it work, Greenhouse Picker Sisters grew, as has their sister r…
 
Today, Courtney and Dana chat about last week's episode with siter entrepreneurs Marni and Willa Blank from Blank Studio NYC (Apple Podcasts | Spotify). Being sisters and business partners can come with a lot of baggage, fights from childhood, and hard feelings. But it can also mean a unique understanding of skillsets and dynamic that other busines…
 
Willa and Marni Blank never intended to go into business together. They were just too different, and they were nervous it would put a strain on their relationship. But while they were working on ideas for separate businesses, they started to realize that their differences were actually complementary - and maybe they had something special together. …
 
On last week's episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify), Dr. Endya Perry talked about proving the doubters wrong and giving it your best. But what happens when your best just isn't good enough? And as you're hustling to try to get to the good enough place, what happens when your work function becomes your sole identity? Hustle and Gather is hosted by Cou…
 
When nationally ranked gymnast Endya Perry found out she was pregnant, the fan mail she used to get turned ugly. But she refused to let detractors stand in her way of chasing her dreams. Now it's Dr. Endya Perry, and she encourages, "You can close that window and you can close every door in this place, but it's not going to stop me because my dream…
 
Today Dana and Courtney unpack last week's episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify) with 2021 CEO of the Year by Triangle Business Journal Anna Lynch, founder of Lynch Mykins. Among other topics, the sisters talk about a "No A-Holes" Policy, if leaders and employees can truly handle radical transparency, and how to build a human-first culture. Hustle and…
 
Lynch Mykins' Anna Lynch was named 2021 CEO of the Year by Triangle Business Journal. Today, she shares her journey from Iowa to Wyoming to Austin to Raleigh, being a woman in a field of almost exclusively men, how she formed Lynch Mykins, her radically honest interview process, and building a human-first culture. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Cou…
 
On last week's episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify), Ablr CEO John Samuel opened up about the masks he wore while losing his vision. Today, Dana and Courtney discuss the masks they wear and why it's so important to keep failing. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney and Dana's hustles…
 
When John Samuel realized he was losing his vision, he started to hide from others and from himself. He knew what was happening, but he didn't want to admit it. His journey from embarrassment and fear to accepting his disability as a superpower took over 20 years. And then...John found an opportunity to see once again. John Samuel is the CEO of Abl…
 
Courtney and Dana unpack last week's episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify) with Abbie Nwaocha from For Her Empire. They talk about lying on their resumes (and who would be willing to lie as a reference), why it sucks to hear criticism, and who would be on their personal Board of Directors (Sara Blakely, are you available??). Hustle and Gather is hoste…
 
Abbie Nwaocha's career path started, as she puts it, "because my mom stopped sending me money." She was a Nigerian in Kenya, a place where she had no relatives and no immediate skills, and she had already failed many times. With no money and no prospects for the future, Abbie was forced to hustle hard and figure it out on her own. Abbie Nwaocha is …
 
In today's episode, we reflect back on 2021 - it was a crazy and in many ways unexpected year. And we set our personal and professional goals for 2022. What are your goals for 2022? Share this episode along with your goals on instagram, and tagging @hustleandgather, and we'll share in our stories. Cheers to an amazing 2021 and an even better 2022! …
 
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